Allen Park — Detroit Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew returned to practice on Tuesday, nearly 11 months after tearing his ACL.
Pettigrew had been on the physically unable perform list since the start of training camp. As part of the PUP rules, Tuesday was the final day he was eligible to return to practice or be placed on season-ending injured reserve.
The Lions now have three weeks to determined whether to add Pettigrew, 31, to the active roster or place him on IR.
The eight-year veteran has spent his entire career with the Lions after being selected by the organization in the first round of the 2009 draft. From 2010-13, he averaged 64 receptions, but his role in the passing game has been in decline following the addition of Eric Ebron, another first-round draft pick, in 2013. In 22 games over the past two seasons, Pettigrew caught 17 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown.